Keynotes & Panelists

Space and Place 2018 is a space for research students and early career researchers to share their work and build supportive networks. The conference will also feature keynote presentations from two fabulous scholars and a panel session with researchers at various stages of their career and from a range of disciplines discussing a selected topic.

Keynote | Dr Cassandra Loeser

University of South Australia

Cassandra Loeser is a Lecturer in Research Education and Co-Director of the newly created Research Network for Studies in Gender, Sexualities and Equity in the School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia. She has presented and published widely in the fields of disability, masculinities and sexualities. Recent publications include Loeser, C., Crowley, V. and Pini, B. (2017) Disability and Masculinities: Corporeality, Pedagogy and the Critique of Otherness (Palgrave MacMillan); Loeser, C. Pini, B. and Crowley, V. (2017) ‘Disability and sexuality: Desires and pleasures’, Sexualities; Karioris, F.G. and Loeser, C.(eds) (2015) Reimagining Masculinities: Beyond Masculinist Epistemology (Inter-Disciplinary Press). Cassandra has a long history teaching in gender studies, sociology, communication and cultural studies, and social inquiry methods. She continues to research in and across the fields of gender and sexualities, disability studies, bodies and embodiments, and more recently, higher and doctoral education.

Keynote | Dr Kathomi Gatwiri

Southern Cross University, Queensland

Dr Kathomi Gatwiri, is an award winning teacher, activist and  feminist community educator. She has completed a PhD with an interdisciplinary thesis entitled African womanhood, Health, Sexuality & Incontinent Bodies: A Case of Kenyan women living with Vaginal Fistulas. Kathomi also holds a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Bachelor of Arts and Social Work with First Class Honours. She has attracted numerous scholarships and awards for her academic and personal achievements. Presently, Dr. Gatwiri is a lecturer at Southern Cross University, where she teaches in the school of Arts and Social sciences. In 2017, she was named the “Young Kenyan of the Year” for her efforts and work in African communities in Australia.

Kathomi will also be launching her first book, “African Womanhood and incontinent bodies” at Space and Place 2018:

Panel | Contested Space and Marginalised Identities: Place-making, boundaries and identity

A panel of invited established, early career and student researchers will engage in a moderated discussion exploring the dynamics of diverse place-making within marginalised communities including Indigenous, refugee, migrant and POC experiences in Australia. There will be a particular focus on how these issues and experiences as they intersect with gender, sex and sexualities. The audience will also be invited to ask questions. The panel session will be on the afternoon of the second day of the conference (September 20th – See program for more details)

  • Dominic Guerrera (Masters student in Women’s Studies at Flinders University & researcher at Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia)
  • Gabbie Zizzo (ECR at Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia)
  • Kathomi Gatwiri (Lecturer at Southern Cross University)
  • Rebecca Richards (PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide)
  • Panel chair: Katrina Jaworski (Senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia)


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